Monday, January 17, 2011
When you have to outweigh your critique partners
It's no secret that not only do I have critique partners, but one of my best friends is a technical editor. Both my critique partners and my editor friend have read my manuscript and given me notes on how to improve on it.
But here's another little secret--sometimes I don't listen to their suggestions
*runs before Kelsey Ketch beats her with a pirate sword*
No, but seriously you all must think I'm crazy so I should explain myself...and since I like lists way too much I'm going to explain it in list format.
1.) Not only do I use critique partners and editors, but I also did research with experts for this project. I have no idea how to fly a plan or how one would fly it during combat. So I actually found an airplane mechanic and pilot and asked him exactly what I would need to do to fly a fighter plane and shoot weapons. (If this book is ever published, you'll see that it's really accurate.)
2.) I guess it's time to come clean and admit that even though I'm afraid of aliens, I'm also kind of a science fiction geek. I've watched way too many science fiction television shows and read way too many comic books and really want to honor all of the world building that this genre has created.
3.) Sometimes I take their suggestions and then flow them in a completely different direction. When you're critiquing someone else's manuscript sometimes you make small suggestions or ask questions, not expecting your partner to run with them and change whole chapters. Sometimes your critique partner will do just that and then you read the second draft and think...the heck?
4.) In the end, it is my story. They may make suggestions that are great (Um, yeah let me tell you these girls like their weapons), but in the end it's the story that I'm trying to get across and I have to be true to that.
So...yes this is short and not all that awe inspiring, but I've really been rocking and rolling on revisions, so I may even give you a little sneak peak of HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN next week...maybe...MAYBE if you're lucky. Or I'll just make something up and then what would you do about it?
Do you go against your critique partner's suggestions? Do you look for experts for your WIP?